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  • SONA 2019: A tablet per pupil within 6 years

SONA 2019: A tablet per pupil within 6 years

08 February 2019

Finally, the Government has recognised that we are living in a new era and that the fourth industrial revolution is upon us. I welcome the President’s commitment to not only the use of technology (e.g. tablets) in schools but also the roll-out of new subjects, focusing on future labour needs. We will have to prepare our young people for a future which will be totally different from the past and present. However, it is concerning that 4000 schools still have pit toilets; begging the question - if the Government cannot provide in even basic sanitary needs, how would they be able to provide tablets and technologies to these schools? Further, tablets must be recharged, either at school or home. Again, the question is whether these schools or pupils do have access to a stable supply of electricity? My concern is that South Africa might in some parts of the country not have the necessary underlying and (basic) infrastructure to facilitate a transition to the fourth industrial revolution; not to mention Eskom’s current woes.

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